On Sun, 2008-12-21 at 23:57 +0000, Olga Lyashevska wrote:
> I wonder if there is a way to combine a few images in one file, so
> that
> they will be placed side by side (something like tiles) in columns
> spanning across several rows? All images are of the same size which is
> predefined (7cm x 7cm). I want to print them as a single file.

Thank you all for your suggestions!
It took me quite a while to try everything out.
Here are some preliminary results and further questions.

On Mon, 2008-12-22 at 11:06 +1100, Owen wrote:
> How many images?

30 images

> File->New and set the size of the new image to 35cmx14cm and white
> background
> Then add 10 layers, name the layers picture1-picture10
> Go to your first image and copy it
> Select the first layer and paste it
> Then position it
> The anchor it
> Then do image 2 on layer 2 as the active layer etc until all is done

It seems like a reliable and rather straightforward approach, but it is
probably a bit tedious for 30 images?

On Sun, 2008-12-21 at 23:23 -0500,
saulgo...@flashingtwelve.brickfilms.com wrote:
> You can use the "File->Open As Layers" command to open multiple into  
> one image as separate layers.
> Second, I wrote a Script-fu a while back which adds a command  
> ("Filters->Map->Mosaicize") which will arrange all of the layers in  
> grid. 

I have added the script, and tried it out. It works fine, but my images
have predefined 'print size' which is 5.5cmx5.5cm but different 'pixel
size'. So I get a matrix with images of different size. I am not sure
how to go about this problem? Can I explicitly  control the size of the
input (5.5cmx5.5cm) and the output (A4,21cmx29.7cm)?

On Mon, 2008-12-22 at 14:18 +0530, Sridhar M.A. wrote:
> If the OP's intention is just to place images in a matrix, I would
> also suggest inkscape for the job. Placing and moving around is much
> easier in inkscape. 

Just a quick try. I need more searching on how to do it. Do I have a
control over size as described above?

On Mon, 2008-12-22 at 19:48 +0100, Sven Neumann wrote:
> What you are describing is the job of a page layout program. You might
> want to try Scribus.

Same as above. 

On Mon, 2008-12-22 at 12:11 +1030, David Gowers wrote:
> IMO this problem is better dealt with by ImageMagick, which has a
> 'montage' command for this purpose.

It is my preferred option. It seems that I can specify the size of input
and output.
I have tried the following:

montage input file1.jpg file2.jpg file3.jpg ... file12.jpg output1.jpg
montage input file13.jpg file14.jpg file15.jpg ... file24.jpg
montage input file25.jpg file25.jpg file27.jpg ... file30.jpg

I want to get 2 full A4 with 3x4 and one half full with 3x2
I want to specify -size geometry 5.5cmx5.5cm and -page geometry
21cmx29.7cm, -tile geometry 3x4 (and 3x2 for the last output). However
the only option is the size of the image in pixels and not cm. How to
deal with it? What would be the correct syntax?
Thank you all for your help!

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